Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Crown Equerry Mertil Melin, Slovenia's ambassador Bogdan Benko and Ambassador Kerstin Asp-Johnsson arrive at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se
On Friday 7 December, formal audiences were held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
At the ceremony, the ambassadors submit their credentials (a document from their head of state) to The King, who then grants them the formal right to work in Sweden. Switzerland's newly appointed ambassador Yvana Enzler has served at the embassy in Tirana since 2007. Honduras' newly appointed ambassador Roberto Flores-Bermúdez's previous posts include serving as ambassador in Brussels and Washington. Slovenia's newly appointed ambassador Bogdan Benko has previously served as ambassador to Denmark, with concurrent accreditation in Norway, Iceland and Lithuania. Formal audiences are a traditional ceremony. The ambassador is collected in one of the Royal Mews' carriages from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and is taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and the ambassador then talk in private for around fifteen minutes.